The Absecon Academy of Performing Arts has won silver medals for the past 2 years in The Best of The Press poll for Best dance Studio. On our 25th Anniversary we won the GOLD! We also won "Most Family Friendly place in Galloway" as voted in the Galloway Patch. Mr. Tony won Best Director of a Disney Musical for his production of Beauty and the Beast at Sacred Heart H.S. He is now an Honorary Disney Citizen!
The waiting room is lined with trophies, plaques and medals won by AAPA's competition teams Dancewave and Littlewave. The dancers range in age from 7 to 18 and have been competing for over 15 years now. In addition to the 2 regional and 1 national competitions they enter every year, the team also enjoys performing for the community in pageants, health fairs, parades, talent showcases and for nursing homes.
Congratulations to the current team for another great year: Jaynese, Irenonsen, Kailyn, Devyn, Jaylene, Alexandra, Olivia, Cassandra, Rebecca, Lacey, Madelyn, Alison, Elaina, Alyssa, Luna, Cassidy, Sarah, Payge, Kaitlyn and Kiera. Not only is this team talented and a bundle of energy, but they always have the best sportsmanship (we even won 'nicest studio' at the Rhythms in Dance Competition. Miss Jenny and Miss Pam are incredibly proud to coach such a wonderful group of dancers and would like to give special thanks to the team parents for all their support.
Along with scholarships and dance competitions, AAPA students have other opportunities to pursue their love of dance. Several dancers have graced the pages as models in the Curtain Call costume catalog. Our ballet students performed in Atlantic City with the Moscow Ballet's production of The Nutcracker.
The studio produced a short film of Peter and the Wolf, directed by Mr. Tony and choreographed by Miss Jenny and performed entirely by AAPA dancers. Mr.Tony also directed another film that Miss Jenny choreographed entitled, Valediction. Miss Jenny choreographed a hip hop video for producer Paul Jerkins and local rap artist Yella. Two of our students won awards at the Atlantic City Film Festival for Mr. Tony's film Beautifully Cruel. Morgan Kirner won best actress and Helene Alam won best supporting actress. Another one of Mr. Tony's directed films, The Fifth Door, won Best of the Festival and Best of New Jersey. Helene was recently on television in Hairspray Live!
AAPA actors can be seen as the leads in their high school productions as well as local productions for The Margate Players, Sojurn, Ocean City Theater, East Lynne Theater and the Surflight Theater. Our actors are now performing in their college companies as well as national tours and on television.
AAPA dancers continue to perform throughout their college careers whether it be in their college's dance company or on it's dance team. One dancer, Madison Quo, was selected by choreographers to assist in their national competitions. AAPA alumna Cierra Kaler-Jones is Miss New Jersey 2014! She is now a professional dance with the Washington Wizards dance team, the Wizard Girls. Young AAPA dancer, Rebecca Price performs with the Philadelphia Soul Junior Soulmates. Cassandra Hughes is ANTSO Preteen National Teenager, her sister Olivia is Miss Preteen Atlantic County and another sister, Alexandra is Miss Cape Shores Outstanding Teen.
The Templeton Scholarship is given out annually to 2 of AAPA's finest students based on their dedication, attitude and potential. Miss Pam's grandfather, Mercer Templeton, was a Vaudeville act with his brother James. They were dancers, singers, actors and contortionists who traveled the country performing in all the famous Vaudeville theaters since the age of 12. The brothers have performed with the Andrews Sisters, Jack Benny and in many of George M. Cohen's musicals.
Later in life Mercer was in print ads, television commercials and TV shows such as I Spy, Milton Berle and Jack Benny.
Mercer's daughter Lois, also performed in some of her Dad's Vaudeville acts and was in 2 of George M. Cohen's musicals at a very young age. She directed theater in Staten Island and North Jersey before her last performance with Shelly Winters in "A View from the Bridge." You could always find her attending AAPA's recitals and watching her daughter and granddaughter teaching classes.
Lois started this scholarship 10 years ago and would be proud at the accomplishments of it's recipients: Brie Clemency, Brianna Hastie, Christie Young, Valerie Soltis, Taylor Noon,
Taylor Celenza, Madison Quo, Morgan Brady, Jaynese Ortiz and Kathleen VanHouten,
Olivia VanHouten, Suzanna Sandoval, Avery Wythe, Kailyn Fortis, Madelyn Sacco,
Alexandra Huges, Cassandra Huges, Alison Kile, Kaitlynn Fraizer and Irenonsen Eigbe.